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Grapple Wood - SOLD, Kent - 5 ½ acres, £59,000

Grapple Wood - SOLD
Grapple Wood - SOLD
Kent

An attractive mixed woodland - with chestnut coppice, mature oaks and Corsican pine within easy reach of the Wealden village of Biddenden.

Featuring chestnut coppice with mature oak overstory, an area of mature Corsican pine and ancient woodlbanks, there is a lot on offer at Grapple Wood. The wood is quite level and with the southern boundaries overlooking open land, it is full of light. Bluebells flourish in spring in the south of the wood.

The south and west areas of Grapple Wood are mainly sweet chestnut coppice with a maturing oak overstory. The new owners will be able to harvest the chestnut, either as a whole, or more slowly as and when they wish, to create durable fence posts, or to provide a bountiful supply of firewood. Of course, it will conveniently regrow. A bench has been installed between some magnificent mature oaks and offers a chance to sit and enjoy the views. An ancient woodbank lies along the southern and western boundaries of the wood. Mature hornbeams are found along the woodbank as well as established holly which provides good privacy. To the south of the wood lies a vineyard.

The north area of the wood is Corsican pine which was planted in the early 1960s. It has been thinned and grown well and provides a magnificent forest canopy. The pine is ready for thinning, either as a whole, or tree by tree as suits the new owners. The space created by thinning would allow the best trees to thrive and encourage the growth of the broadleaf species found in the understory, including chestnut and oak. Additional native trees could be planted by the owner to increase the woods diversity. The Woodland Trust have lots of information and advice on Ancient Woodland Restoration.

Grapple Wood is located off the Benenden Road and accessed through locked double metal gates. A timber stacking area is shared with the other owners just inside the main entrance gates. The stoned track leads to the ride stop entrance on the northern boundary of Grapple Wood. Here an owner can park their car within the wood itself. There is a public footpath outside the east boundary of the wood which is used by the occasional local walker, the other side of which is privately owned woodland.

Natural England designates Grapple Wood mainly as Ancient Semi Natural Woodland with an area of Ancient Replanted Woodland in the north of the wood. This means that the land has been wooded since at least 1600AD.

The nearby Wealden village of Biddenden was in the 1300’s part of an important centre for Broadcloth manufacture, with much of the very attractive high street built during this period. The village has a fine church, All Saints, built in the mid to late 1200’s and well worth a visit. There is also the added attraction of Biddenden Vineyard nearby, which in addition to producing some fine wines, is also Kent’s largest cider producer.

The owner of Grapple Wood will have vehicle rights of way along a good stoned track marked on the map marked in green.

The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.

Details

  • Price: £59,000 Freehold
  • Location: Biddenden, Kent
  • Size: 5 ½ acres for sale
  • OS Landranger: OS No 189
  • Grid ref: TQ 850 366
  • Nearest post code: TN27 8BY

Boundaries:

The boundaries of the wood are indicated with RED markings.

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Local manager

ruthandjames Ruth and James Feltham
07812 165081
ruthandjames@woodlands.co.uk

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Description

Featuring chestnut coppice with mature oak overstory, an area of mature Corsican pine and ancient woodlbanks, there is a lot on offer at Grapple Wood. The wood is quite level and with the southern boundaries overlooking open land, it is full of light. Bluebells flourish in spring in the south of the wood.

The south and west areas of Grapple Wood are mainly sweet chestnut coppice with a maturing oak overstory. The new owners will be able to harvest the chestnut, either as a whole, or more slowly as and when they wish, to create durable fence posts, or to provide a bountiful supply of firewood. Of course, it will conveniently regrow. A bench has been installed between some magnificent mature oaks and offers a chance to sit and enjoy the views. An ancient woodbank lies along the southern and western boundaries of the wood. Mature hornbeams are found along the woodbank as well as established holly which provides good privacy. To the south of the wood lies a vineyard.

The north area of the wood is Corsican pine which was planted in the early 1960s. It has been thinned and grown well and provides a magnificent forest canopy. The pine is ready for thinning, either as a whole, or tree by tree as suits the new owners. The space created by thinning would allow the best trees to thrive and encourage the growth of the broadleaf species found in the understory, including chestnut and oak. Additional native trees could be planted by the owner to increase the woods diversity. The Woodland Trust have lots of information and advice on Ancient Woodland Restoration.

Grapple Wood is located off the Benenden Road and accessed through locked double metal gates. A timber stacking area is shared with the other owners just inside the main entrance gates. The stoned track leads to the ride stop entrance on the northern boundary of Grapple Wood. Here an owner can park their car within the wood itself. There is a public footpath outside the east boundary of the wood which is used by the occasional local walker, the other side of which is privately owned woodland.

Natural England designates Grapple Wood mainly as Ancient Semi Natural Woodland with an area of Ancient Replanted Woodland in the north of the wood. This means that the land has been wooded since at least 1600AD.

The nearby Wealden village of Biddenden was in the 1300’s part of an important centre for Broadcloth manufacture, with much of the very attractive high street built during this period. The village has a fine church, All Saints, built in the mid to late 1200’s and well worth a visit. There is also the added attraction of Biddenden Vineyard nearby, which in addition to producing some fine wines, is also Kent’s largest cider producer.

The owner of Grapple Wood will have vehicle rights of way along a good stoned track marked on the map marked in green.

The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.

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Location

OS Landranger: OS No 189
Grid ref: TQ 850 366
Nearest post code: TN27 8BY

Maps

Directions

Please note, for satellite navigation, use the post code TN27 8BY. This will take you to within approx. 0.1 miles to the south of the entrance to Goldwell Wood (of which Grapple Wood is a part) as shown by the red dot on the map. Coordinates to the main entrance gates leading to the wood off Benenden Road are: N 51.100274, E0.640514. To find the wood follow the instructions below.

  • From Ashford head south on the A28 for 9 miles until you see a turning right onto the A262 Biddenden Road. Take the turning and continue onto Tenderden Road. Stay on this road until you reach a sharp right bend at Woolpack Corner. Take a left turning here onto the Benenden Road:-

OR

  • From Maidstone take the A229 south then bear left onto the A274 Sutton Road. Follow this road for about 12 miles in which time it becomes the Headcorn Road and the Maidstone Road and Biddenden Road. Go through the village of Biddenden on the A262 then, after about ¾ mile (at Woolpack Corner), continue straight going onto the Benenden Road:-

THEN

  • The double metal gates to Goldwell Wood are about ½ mile along Benenden Road, on your left-hand side.
  • Park here or nearby, but please leave one gate clear.
  • Go around the gates and walk about 180 meters along the stoned track, and you will reach the ride stop entrance to Grapple Wood on your right with its boundaries marked in RED.

Boundaries:

The boundaries of the wood are indicated with RED markings.

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